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Mindle Crystel Gross 13March2013 Yiddish Book Center




Mindle Crystel Gross, native speaker and translator of Yiddish, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 13, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mindle grew up in Brooklyn in what she calls an "observant, but not religious" household. Her parents were both amateur Yiddish poets and transmitted their passion for the language to their daughter by speaking Yiddish exclusively in the home. Mindle also received instruction in Yiddish language and culture in the Sholem Aleichem shule system, which she was a part of throughout her childhood and adolescence.

As an adult, Mindle has made Yiddish a part of her career, as well. For years, she worked as a bilingual secretary for various Jewish communal and cultural organizations. More recently, Mindle has worked as a freelance translator, helping Jews uncover the meaning behind various family mementos like letters and diaries. In addition, she has worked extensively in translating Yizkor books, a process which she discusses in her interview.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story

To cite this interview: Mindle Crystel Gross Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Boca Raton, Florida, March 13, 2013. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/MindleCrystelGross13march2013YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )


Producer Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)
Audio/Visual sound, color

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